The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn
I read The Shuddering as part of an Instagram buddy read hosted by some of the ladies behind Ladies of Horror Fiction.
Goodreads Synopsis: They only come when it snows, and nobody ever gets away. A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting? Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight – tooth and nail, bullet and blade – for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.
Review: I was hardly able to put this book down until I finished it. When I was about half way through the first chapter and I realized there was a dog, I very seriously considered being done with it right then and there. Sad dog moments are the one topic I really try to avoid. But I’m happy to say I pushed past my hesitation and that it was really well done. I won’t say what did or didn’t happen, but there was nothing that upset me and ruined my reading experience.
I’m not really a huge fan of most horror movies because they all feel so fake that it usually just ends up being funny. But I’ve learned reading horror makes my heart race quite a bit more as it’s left to my own imagination. I was reading The Shuddering at night and I didn’t even want to let my dogs out in the dark because I was so freaked out (plus we do have some snow here). It was so fast paced and I loved the inserts of outside characters so that we got a glimpse of what was going on all over the town. It became very clear where the title came from, but the word ‘shuddering’ was used to describe so many different things throughout the whole book that it made me all warm and fuzzy every time I saw it.
I would recommend The Shuddering to fans of Bird Box; it’s got that same high-stakes survival feel. This exhilarating, atmospheric read gets all the stars.
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Page Count: 283
Overall Rating: 5/5